Boko Haram Ambushes Nigerian Soldiers, Kill One In Damboa

Boko Haram gunmen on Tuesday ambushed troops of the Nigeria army moving along the dangerous Maiduguri-Biu highway and killed one soldier, security sources said.

The gunmen, in what appeared a reprisal attack for the killing of their members during the Sunday night encounter in Damboa, had laid in ambush at a spot not far from Damboa and opened fire on unsuspecting solders.

“Our troops were on their way to Damboa this morning when the insurgents ambushed them. We lost one soldier,” the source said.

A top security personnel confirmed the attack but declined being quoted in this report.

Source: Sahara Reporters

Boko Haram: FG seeks secret trial for Ndume

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The Federal Government on Tuesday requested that the trial of Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume should henceforth be conducted in secret to preclude members of the public from witnessing proceedings.

The request by the government is coming midway into the trial, which began last year.

Ndume, a serving Senator from Borno State, is facing terrorism related charges before the Federal High Court, in Abuja.

He was arraigned before Justice Kolawole on December 12, 2013 on a four-count charge by the Department of State Services (DSS).

He was accused of sponsoring the Boko Haram sect, and failing to provide information about the sect’s operations.

On Tuesday, the prosecution lawyer, E.A. Orji, while moving a motion dated September 23, 2014 urged the court to protect the identity of the remaining witnesses scheduled to give evidence in the case.

He said the intended secret trial was intended as a protective measure for witnesses in the case, whose security could be endangered if their identities were not shielded.

“We urge the court to exclude members of the public from the trial. We also want the court to protect the identities of the remaining witnesses that will give evidence in this case.

“The fundamental rights of the accused have not been violated because his counsel is represented and has not in any way been excluded from the matter. It is in the interest of national security and public safety that the motion should be granted,” Orji said.

Lawyer to the accused, I. Amaza argued that the prosecution’s request would violate his client’s right to fair hearing. He urged the court to refuse the request and continue with the trial.

After listening to both lawyers, Justice Kolawole adjourned to October 24 for ruling.

Source: The Nation

CEASEFIRE: THE NIGERIAN MILITARY AND THE EXTREMIST SECT, BOKO HARAM ON A CEASEFIRE DEAL

The Nigerian military and extremist sect, Boko Haram, have reached an immediate ceasefire, the Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, said Friday.

There were reports the two sides were having talks over the release of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by the group April 14.

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Details of the ceasefire deal is still sketchy but Mr. Badeh has ordered all field officers to comply with the agreement.

Boko Haram has sacked several communities in north east Nigeria and has killed more than 13,000 deaths in a five-year long bloody campaign.

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Ayodele Fayose Sworn In As 11th Ekiti Governor

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Ayodele Fayose was on Thursday, sworn in as the 11th Governor of Ekiti State at the Olu Kayode Stadium in Ado Ekiti, where thousands of indigenes and members of the People’s Democratic Party gathered to witness the event.

The Chairman of PDP, Adamu Muazu, was present at the event and led other top members including the governors of Akwa Ibom, Katsina, Cross River, Bauchi, Jigawa, Kaduna, Abia, Kebbi, Delta and Ondo States. Immediate past governor of Anambra, Peter Obi was also present.

To this Fayose said: “I am blessed and it is evident that God is with me.”

As part of his inauguration speech, Fayose called on all present to observe a minute silence for the souls of party members and that of the All Progressives Congress, APC, which has departed from Ekiti.

“History is being made and it will take a while to surpass” an elated Fayose said, referring to the occasion of his second inauguration as governor of the state.

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Army Begins Trial Of 59 Soldiers For Refusing To Fight Boko Haram

An Army General Court Martial set up by the authorities of the Nigerian Military have charged 59 soldiers on a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy to commit mutiny and murder in Abuja.

The accused militaries include two corporals, nine lance corporals and 48 private soldiers belonging to the 111 Special Forces Battalion, Maiduguri, Borno State.

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All of them appealed not guilty to the charges, when they were read to them by the Judge Advocate of the Court, Lt. Col. Ukpe Ukpe.

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The prosecutor, J.E. Nwosu, an army Captain, supposed that the defendants had on August 4, in Maiduguri, refused to join the 111 Special Forces Battalion troops, commanded by a Lieutenant Colonel for advance operation Timothy Opurum.

Mr. Nwosu said the maneuver was expected to recall Delwa, Bulabulin and Damboa in Borno State from the Boko Haram terrorists.

The commander of the 111 Special Forces, Lt.-Col. Opurum, was called as one of the witnesses.

After this the President of the Court, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yusuf delayed trial till Thursday.

The arraignment of the 59 soldiers is the largest number of soldiers ever charged for mutiny in the history of the Nigerian Army.

The crime of mutiny carries the death penalty.

The General Court Martial was inaugurated on October 2, to try 97 soldiers, including 15 senior officers for mutiny. (NAN)

- Source: Naij.com

PDP welcomes Buhari to presidential race, faults his claims on state of the nation

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, says it is pleased to welcome to the 2015 presidential contest, a former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari.

The former warlord declared his intention on Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

A statement signed by Olisa Metuh, National Publicity Secretary said while the party congratulates and wishes Buhari well in his ambition, it heard some distortions and misrepresentation of facts in his speech.

PDP noted that Buhari stated that Nigeria was generating 4000 mws of electricity in 1999 but has today fallen short of that capacity under the the President Goodluck Jonathan administration.

The ruling party said the fact remained that as at May 29th 1999 when PDP took office, Nigeria was generating 1600 mws.

Continuing, the spokesman urged Nigerians to fact-check Buhari’s position.

“Corroboration of this figure can also be sought from the World Bank, the IMF and multiple other authoritative sources”, it said.

“In contrast, it is common knowledge that under the transformative leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria now generates 4568 mws of electricity; a triple of what was generated in 1999.

“Again, General Muhammadu Buhari stated that a growing economy which the PDP inherited in 1999 has been destroyed within 15 years in office. This also does not represent the reality on the ground.

“The fact which can be verified from the hand-over notes from the
military as well as from the World Bank and IMF is that Nigeria was the third largest economy in Africa in 1999, behind South Africa and Egypt. The nation was also rated number 48 in the world, our Foreign Reserve stood at $3.6 Billion while our foreign debt stood at $36 billion.

“However, it is incontrovertible that in the last 15 years of PDP
leadership, especially the last three years of dynamic and purposeful administration provided by President Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s economy has become the largest in Africa and the 26th largest in the world. Similarly, our Foreign Reserve is now over $39 billion dollars, and our foreign debts reduced to less than $7 billion from $36 billion.”

PDP observed that Buhari also told supporters that Nigeria’s agricultural sector had gone down under the PDP, a statement which also did not reflect the reality on the ground.

It argued that in the last 15 years under the PDP, especially the last three years of vigorous application of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda, there had been an unparalleled government input in agriculture, as Nigeria food import had reduced from N1.1 trillion in 2010 to N684 billion.

Metuh added that while the PDP understood that the APC was hell-bent on using every opportunity at its disposal to discredit the PDP in quest for political control, Buhari’s handlers should always cross-check their facts.

“Finally, the PDP again welcomes General Buhari into the presidential race and hopes that in the future, he will not allow himself to be further embarrassed in the course of his campaign”, Metuh concluded.

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Property owners lament as Police razes suspected MASSOB den in Onitsha

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Property owners lament as Police razes suspected MASSOB den in OnitshaBy Sylvester Ugwuanyi on October 16, 2014
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RalphUwazuruikeThere was palpable tension in Onitsha, the commercial capital of Anambra State yesterday as Police operatives in the state set ablaze a building located at Okpoko Layout, which is reportedly a hide-out for members of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB.

In reaction, the Landlord of the property, Ikechukwu Agude and his family, who cried that the Police had ruined them, said the house was never a MASSOB hide-out.

According to Agude, “We don’t have any business with MASSOB members here because they use another building behind ours as their office. I was surprised to hear that our house was set ablaze by the police when I went to work yesterday.
“My wife went to school because she is a teacher, including my daughter, Onyinye while my first son also went out to his workplace. I have lived in that house since 2006 even before MASSOB came and occupied the house behind mine.

“That house was the only thing I have in this world, including my family. What has been lost is over N10 million. Governor Willie Obiano should come to our rescue please,” he pleaded.

Also reacting, Agude’s lawyer, Chris Okoro said “We understand the governor is cleansing the state but that does not mean setting ablaze people’s property. The suspected MASSOB members involved should be arrested and interrogated to know their mind. The law should be followed to avoid harming the innocent. The entire process of burning houses is wrong”.

The first son of Agude who gave his name as Chika lamented: “I am finished. My whole certificates from my primary to tertiary institutions have all gone. My mother has developed high blood pressure and now she is in the hospital.
“MASSOB office is behind our building and they left it and set our own ablaze while we had all gone to work, including my father, who is a driver at Onitsha South Council Area. As it is now, the family has no other alternative place to live as we have been rendered homeless”.

In like manner, his sister named Onyinye narrated: “Our first building was demolished by Power Holding Company of Nigeria in 2011 because they said our house was near the high tension but when my father built it, the high tension was not there. Today, the one he built after the demolition of the other one has also been demolished and this time by the police.”

When contacted, Mazi Chris Mocha, who is the Personal Assistant to the MASSOB leader, Chief Uwazuruike, dismissed the claim of the Police, saying the house was not occupied by MASSOB members but another Igbo Organization known as Igbo Ga-adinma, which was actually set up by politicians to fight MASSOB”.

Eye witnesses say the police squad, led by Onitsha Police Area Commander, Benjamin Wordu, in company of two Divisional Police Officers, DPOs of Okpoko and Fegge, Emeka Ugwu and Rabiu Garba, stormed the building and set it ablaze.
One of the sources claimed that a gun and some bags of substances believed to be Indian hemp were recovered from the house before it was set on fire.

The police operatives stood their ground that the house was being used by MASSOB members as their base, where innocent people were allegedly tortured and extorted.

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